Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Fastest Meal in the (mid)West!

Dinner tonight took less than ten minutes to prepare, if you don't count the time it took to boil water:
Gnocchetti tossed with pesto, pan-fried baby zucchini, and cherry tomatoes. And that's all.

And it was damn tasty. But I promise I'll make my own gnocchi next time, instead of relying on the prepackaged kind. :)

P.S. I cooked over two pounds of black beans last night. Look at my little army o' beans! (12 cups total!)
After cooling, they all marched to the freezer for later use.


Tofu Mom (AKA Tofu-n-Sprouts) said...

Ah! We both had the gnocchi idea tonight!!


Actually I had to look up "Gnocchetti" which looks cute. (Cute food is fun!)

Ricki said...

I love the idea of freezing the beans. They take so long to make, you want to do up a lot when you finally do boil 'em up! How's the texture after they're defrosted--do they stay the same?

Anonymous said...

YUM, gnocchi! I have a bunch of black beans I need to cook up. Thanks for the reminder :)

Catherine Weber said...

Ricki, the texture of the beans is pretty much the same after being frozen, as far as I can tell. It's best if they are covered with liquid for freezing, so they don't dry out.

Anonymous said...

This meal looks to die for. You know my feeling is any time you have fresh veg you can make a winner!

J said...

Your meal looks simple and so very delicious.

And that is a TON of black beans, I love the look of all those black beans though, they are my favorite.

Crystal said...

We seriously need to use up our zucchini from our crop share. Unfortunately, it's not our favorite veggie, but we love gnocchi, so maybe we'll give this a try.

Did you use liquid when freezing your black beans? What did you use - water?

Those are great little containers and I bet they stack well in the freezer!

Catherine Weber said...

Crystal, I just fill up the containers with the beans and ladle some of the cooking liquid over them until they are just about covered -- nothing too special.

And those containers DO stack really well in the freezer -- that's why I bought them! :)

Anonymous said...

OMG, Catherine, you really ARE crazy! I cannot believe you boiled beans and cooked and used your stove last night! It was disgustingly humid and hot!

It looks really really good, though...I hope it was worth it!! The dish of gnocchi with the tomatoes and veggies and pesto looks delish!


bazu said...

Oh, I want that! Right now!

Rose said...

Oh.My.Gosh. that gnocchi dish looks delish!

P.S. Thanks so much for your comment about my baking dilemna - you're so right!!

Jess said...

Would you believe that I've never made dry beans??? I know, I am a bad vegan! I can't even believe it myself... I must try soon!

Your gnocchi dish looks fantastic! Definitely try making your own sometime (if you haven't). It's quite a lot of work, but so rewarding when you're done! Yum!

Anonymous said...

Hey - I just found your blog and I love it. That pesto dish looks delicious!